The Time Machine

I had no idea that electricity is actually a time machine! The disadvantage of living in an area with so many beautiful old trees is that during a storm, they blow over onto the power lines. This year we have had over a half dozen old trees fall in the neighborhood. Some have badly damaged, even completely destroyed houses. One… Continue reading

Total Annual Cost Is a Steal

This month was “true up” month with the electric company. In other words, we had pay the difference between what we had been paying for electricity every month over the last year (a flat rate of $4.00 per month) and the actual cost of the electricity we actually used. Our monthly average electric bill for the 12 months prior to… Continue reading

The New Killer App!

Today I had a conversation with a lady parked next to my Leaf at the free charging station at Mollie Stone (the local grocery store here in Sausalito). She had a lot of questions about driving a Leaf. She’s probably a bit older than I and made the most interesting comment: I think electric cars are the new killer app… Continue reading

Buying a Galaxy…

Well, only if you have as much money as Mitt Romney. We can only afford a solar system: a 5.76 kwh system (that’s the DC numbers) designed to replace 75%+ of our electric bill with electricity from sunshine. The system pays for itself in 7 years. After that, it’s free and clear energy that doesn’t pollute our world. We’re excited!… Continue reading

Just Fun to Drive! (and even more…)

A Shocking Fact Unearthed Dan Neil and Elon Musk, speaking in a Q&A after the debut of “The Revenge of the Electric Car,” talked about the amount of electricity required to create a gallon of gas. Elon said, [With the amount of electricity required to make gasoline], you get more miles out of an electric car than you would get… Continue reading

Cost of Driving Chloé

The new Blink charger is charging Chloé (our Nissan all-electric Leaf) drastically faster than the trickle charger we have been using in a regular 120 outlet ever since we purchased the car. But the million dollar question has been, how much does it cost to actually drive the car on electricity. Well, the Leaf’s Carwings and the Blink charger both… Continue reading